Ryan Garcia opens up on drugs ban and retirement from boxing… as troubled fighter hints again at UFC move

Ryan Garcia insists he will return to boxing next year – after a brief ‘retirement’ in protest at his 12-month ban for doping.

The troubled boxer has again hinted at a move into the UFC in the wake of the scandal that followed his fight with Devin Haney.

Garcia recently reached a settlement with the New York State Athletic Commission, after testing positive for the banned substance ostarine in tests taken before the fight on April 20.

He will serve a one-year suspension, forfeit his $1.2million contract purse and pay a $10,000 fine, while his victory over Haney will also be officially changed to a no-contest.

Garcia, who has maintained that he was a victim of ‘contamination’, recently claimed he was retiring from boxing. 

Ryan Garcia insists he will return to boxing next year – after a brief ‘retirement’ in protest 

Garcia tested positive for banned substance ostarine after his win over Devin Haney in April

Garcia tested positive for banned substance ostarine after his win over Devin Haney in April

But the 25-year-old now claims he is taking a break – to ensure his fate is out of the hands of the authorities. 

‘I’m retiring for a year. So they don’t get the (satisfaction) for suspending me cause it’s bull. I never took steroids in my life. They can all suck weiners,’ he told TMZ. 

‘It does (hurt). (Devin’s) a “b”, and his daddy’s a “b”.’

The troubled boxer worried fans in the leadup to the fight with a series of disturbing social media posts and was recently arrested for felony vandalism in Beverly Hills.

Garcia has also previously hinted at a move into MMA and he called out UFC fighter Sean O’Malley, proposing a fight in the Octagon – or a bare-knuckle contest.

‘I like “Suga” because he defended me,’ Garcia continued. ‘But if he really wants to run it in the UFC, I’ll run it. Or bare knuckle. S***, I’m ready to fight anyone at this point.’



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